The Vanishing Lake

The Vanishing Lake

Meara's Granddad lives by the mysterious lake of Loughareema. Some days it’s full and shimmering, and some days it's completely empty! Grandad has plenty of stories about why it vanishes. Is it mermaids? Narwhals? Giants? Meara doesn't believe any of these stories, but with a little imagination she may eventually discover the ‘real’ reason ...

Awards

Gold Medal Winner - 2021

Independent Publisher Book Award - Winner

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Paperback: 32 pages
Size:258x205 mm
ISBN: 9781788493291

Category: Picture Book

Meara's Grandad lives by the mysterious lake of Loughareema. Some days it’s full and shimmering, and some days it's completely empty! Grandad has plenty of stories about why it vanishes. Is it mermaids? Narwhals? Giants? Meara doesn't believe any of these stories, but with a little imagination she may eventually discover the ‘real’ reason ...

Dive into author-illustrator Paddy Donnelly’s captivating tale, a celebration of a young girl’s determination, a granddad’s wisdom, and the fantastical wonders of the natural world.

Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish author & illustrator living in Belgium. He grew up on the north coast of Ireland, surrounded by mythical stories of giants, magical creatures, and shape-shifting animals—all set in a stunning landscape from another time. All of this prompted his love for nature, animals, the sea, and storytelling. He creates his illustrations digitally, but loves working with a textured, painterly approach. The Vanishing Lake is his debut author-illustrated picture book, based on a real lake close to his childhood home in Ireland. He wishes Pluto were still a planet.

A wonderful read for adults and children alike, as it is a journey of discovery.

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Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Activity sheets: A drawing of Meara on the lake bed to colour in

  • Download Activity sheets: Meara is boating on the lake with grandad. Spot 8 differences between the 2 pictures

  • Download Activity sheets: Meara is exploring the lake bottom. Spot 8 differences between the 2 pictures

  • Download Activity sheets: Questions and activities based on The Vanishing Lake

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